Posts by Caitlin Copelan
Will Turner – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Coach Turner is the current GCDS Strength and Conditioning Coach. Before GCDS Coach Turner was the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Yale and Boston University including the National Championship lacrosse team at Yale. Prior to his four years at Yale, Will served as a strength and conditioning coach at Boston University and worked with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, varsity teams at Quinnipiac University, and the New York Jets. Will earned his M.S. in physical education and coaching from Boston University and his B.S. in science and sports performance from Springfield College.
Coach Turner will help our Sound players achieve their maximum potential on the field by overseeing, designing and implementing year-round team and individual programs. Coach Turner help us provide the most comprehensive and elite club lacrosse experience in our area by being our point-person and home base for the training of our athletes.
- CPR/First Aid
- CSCS – National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- Pelvis Restoration – Postural Restoration Institute
- SCCC – Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association INC
BOOK TRAINING WITH COACH TURNER HERE! https://turner-sports-performance.com
Melissa Rotante Sportini – Sound North Youth Director
Melissa Rotante is a Norwalk native and Brien McMahon High School alumni. She was a four year starter at Stony Brook University under Head Coach, Joe Spallina. Melissa was a 2x Captain and 2x First Team All-Conference defender for the Seawolves, in addition to America East All-Academic honoree & All-Tournament Team.
Current Joel Barlow Head Varsity Coach. Assistant Coach 2016-2022, CIAC Assistant Coach of the Year She has helped lead the Falcons to three SWC Championship Titles and a Runner-up performance in the Class M State Championship. 2027 FCIAC Assistant Coach of the Year. Melissa specializes in zone defense and has helped the Falcons become one of the best defensive programs in the state.
Maura Fletcher – Sound North Youth Coordinator
- Newtown High School Varsity Head Coach
- Has Lead Newtown to 11 SWC Titles
- Named CHSCA Coach of the Year, CHSGLA Coach of the Year, and CT Post Coach of the Year
- Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
- Awarded Sportsperson of the Year for the Fairfield County Sports Commission in 2014
- Newtown Bee Harmon Sportsman of the Year (2016)
Caitlin Copelan – Director
Caitlin (Young) Copelan is the Director, Founder and Recruiting Coordinator for the Sound Lacrosse Girls Program. Copelan started Sound in the winter of 2014 and the premier girls club has emerged as a top program in the area.
- American Select CT 2024 Team Head Coach – 2022 National Champions
- Current Greenwich Country Day School Varsity Head Coach (2019-Present)
- St Luke’s Varsity Head Coach (2017-2019)
- Greenwich High School Varsity Coach (2014-2016)
- New Canaan High School Varsity Assistant Coach (2013)
- Fairfield University Graduate Assistant Coach (2010-2012)
- Chelsea Piers Marketing Manager / Girls Lacrosse Director / CP-LAX Girls Club Director (2012-2014)
- Under Armour Underclass Games – New England COMMAND Head Coach – Tournament Champions (1st for New England Region) – 2016
- Under Armour Underclass Games – New England HIGHLIGHT Head Coach – Tournament Semi-Finalists – 2017
- Under Armour Underclass Games – CONNY COMMAND Coach – 2019
- University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (Undergraduate 2005-2009)
- National Championship Finalist (2009)
- National Championship Quarterfinalist (2008)
- Class of 1996 Award
- While at Fairfield University (Grad School)
- IWLCA Second Team All-Region
- Statistical Champion – Ranked #1 in Nation in Division I for Caused Turnovers (2010)
- Wilton High School (2001-2005)
- WHS Hall of Fame Inductee (2011)
- Melissa Nickel Scholarship Award Winner (2005)
- US Lacrosse All-American
- CT Super Junior
- 2X CT State Champion
- 2X FCIAC Champions
- 2X All-State & All-FCIAC
- Division I Recruited Basketball Player
Aly Messinger – Recruiting Consultant / Events Coordinator
2022 Head Coach
- Current Head Coach & Assistant Director of Athletics for Operations and Leadership at Sacred Heart Greenwich
- Current Head Coach Rye Youth Lacrosse
- Former Associate Head Coach – US Naval Academy
Courtesy of Naval Academy Athletics Website:
Former women’s lacrosse standout Aly Messinger joined the Navy women’s lacrosse team prior to the 2017 season and was promoted to associate head coach for the offense following the 2018 campaign. Messinger focuses on the Midshipmen’s offensive attack and has an active role in recruiting.
Navy finished the 2019 season 16-5 overall and 8-1 in the Patriot League. For the third consecutive season (2017, ’18, ’19), the Navy women’s lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Tournament, finishing the year in the second round. The 2019 season marked the first time in program history that the Midshipmen earned an at-large bid into the Tournament. The Mids won the NCAA First Round game for the third consecutive season, defeating No. 24 High Point, 16-5.
As a team, the 2019 squad finished in the program’s top three in points (494), points per game (23.52), goals (323), assists (171), assists per game (8.14), shots (709), shots on goal (528), draw controls (358), draws per game (17.05), caused turnovers (188), and games played (21).
During the 2019 season, five members of the women’s lacrosse team were named to the 2018 All-Patriot League Team, including four selected to the first team.
Kelly Larkin, a junior, became Navy and the Patriot League’s all-time leader in points (346), while also becoming the first player in school and conference history with three 100-point seasons. Senior defensive captain Marie Valenti became the first player in Navy history (sixth in Patriot League history) with 100 or more caused turnovers (114), while also becoming the Mids’ all-time leader in ground balls (181).
The Navy women’s lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the second consecutive season in 2018. Navy ranked sixth in the final national polls, marking the second consecutive season that the Mids have finished the season ranked in the top 10.
During the year, Hall of Fame head coach Cindy Timchal recorded her 500th career victory, becoming the first Division I lacrosse head coach to amass 500 wins.
On April 14, Navy posted a 20-7 victory over Army West Point at Michie Stadium, marking the first time in women’s lacrosse that the Midshipmen and Black Knights competed against each other as part of the Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA.
As a team in 2018, Navy set the school record for points per game (24.41), goals (378), goals per game (17.18), draw controls (371), free-position goals (78), and saves (167), while ranking second in program history in points (537), assists (159), assists per game (7.23), shots (775), shots on goal (591), draw controls per game (16.86), and games played (22).
During the 2018 season, eight members of the women’s lacrosse team were named to the 2018 All-Patriot League Team, four were tabbed All-American, and senior Jenna Collins was awarded the Vice Admiral Lawrence Sword for Women, which is presented to the woman of the graduating class who is considered by the Association’s Athletic Council to have personally excelled in women’s athletics during her years of varsity competition.
In the offseason, Messinger teamed with fellow Midshipmen coach Gabby Capuzzi to lead the New England Command to the inaugural Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL) championship title with a 12-11 victory over the top-seeded Baltimore Brave at Tierney Field at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Md. The Command entered the postseason as the No. 2 seed with a 3-1 overall record with their lone defeat coming at that the hands of the undefeated Brave (4-0), which featured former Navy women’s lacrosse All-American Jenna Collins (’18) until she reported to Pensacola for flight school.
In 2017, the women’s lacrosse team finished the year 18-5 overall with an 8-1 record in the Patriot League. The team made history as it became the first Service Academy team from a women’s sport to advance to the NCAA Final Four.
The Mids made their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first appearance for Navy since 2013. The Midshipmen began their historic run, advancing to the NCAA Tournament after posting a 15-5 victory over top-seeded Loyola in the Patriot League Tournament. The win marked the team’s fifth championship and ended the Greyhounds’ 41-game winning streak against PL foes.
In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Navy defeated No. 7 Penn, 11-10, at Penn Park on Dunning-Cohen Champions Field in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win, the Midshipmen advanced to the second round of the Tournament for just the second time in school history. The victory over the No. 7 Quakers was the first win against a ranked opponent in Navy history. In addition, it was the second NCAA Tournament win for Navy in program history. Navy posted a 23-11 victory over UMass in the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the Mids to advance to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Mids defeated defending National Champions and No. 2 seed North Carolina, 16-14, to punch their ticket in to the first-ever Final Four appearance in school history.
As a team, Navy set the school record for points (545), goals (358), assists (187), shots attempted (805), shots on goal (607), ground balls (453), draw controls (364), caused turnovers (216), and games played (23). The Mids (18-5) finished one-win shy of tying the school records for wins in a season.
The 2017 Navy women’s lacrosse team finished the year ranked fourth in the final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and sixth in the final IWLCA Coaches Poll. The rankings mark the first time in program history that the Mids have been ranked in the top 10 in either poll. It is the highest national ranking for any women’s team in school history.
Messinger graduated from North Carolina in 2016 and finished third all-time in program history with 230 points (149g, 81a). She was a three-time All-America selection and a two-time All-ACC honoree. Messinger helped lead the Tar Heels to two National Championship titles (2013, ’16), including being named the 2016 Most Outstanding Player.
Messinger has a strong background of coaching experience, serving as a coach for the Fever Lacrosse for two seasons. She has also worked as a camp counselor for North Carolina.
Messinger graduated from North Carolina in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science with a concentration in sports administration.
Rachel Keefe (Sacred Heart Greenwich) – 2021
ADMISSIONS PROCESS UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
- Former dual sport athlete at Middlebury (lacrosse & swimming)
- 2016 Division III National Champion (lacrosse)
- Captain and 2X AA Swimmer at Middlebury
- Played for MASS Elite
- Coached Club Lacrosse for Laxachusetts
Riley Moore (Mamaroneck) – 2021
Emma Norton (Greenwich) – 2021